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Slashdot Asks: What would you like to see at CES?

timothy posted about a year ago | from the car-stocked-with-food-and-blankets dept.

Hardware 102

This year's Consumer Electronics Show has nearly arrived. Later today, I'll be hurtling (or perhaps just slogging) across the West Texas desert, bound for Vegas. CES is far too big an event to see very much of, no matter what: the endless aisles (highways!) of cheap laptop bags and e-cigarettes alone take up an incredible amount of floor space, but the good stuff takes up at least as much. The categories represented aren't necessarily new, but the trends vary each time: remote-controlled helicopters, from Parrot and others, have been been getting more capable for a few years running, along with 3D televisions, action cameras, ever-bigger displays, toys for kids, toys for adults, and the newest/slimmest/priciest/cheapest laptops and handhelds. Last year I had a chance to get close-up video views at Ubuntu TV and the successfully crowdfunded TouchFire keyboard, as well as interviews with John Ryan of Pixel Qi and Raspberry Pi instigator Eben Upton. I'll be on the lookout for some of my usual obsessions (open source in consumer products, bright LED-based projectors, interesting input devices), but what would you like to see up-close from this year's crop of exhibitors (sorry, it's a long list), and why?

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cmdrtaco's stuck-up head on a plate (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42478775)

can i has it, plz?

Home service robot (4, Insightful)

fyngyrz (762201) | about a year ago | (#42478849)

Dish washing, floor maintenance / put stuff away, laundry, dusting, wash the windows, make the beds.

I'd say take out the trash, but I suspect that's just a highly efficient way to get your robot stolen.

And if it could cook, that'd be great.

Re:Home service robot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42479079)

Attach a fleshlight and i'll marry that thing!

Re:Home service robot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42480037)

Sounds like a great thing for both me and the wife!

Re:Home service robot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42486135)

Fleshlight and a dildo. Have a threesome.

Re:Home service robot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42485465)

After a report I saw on the CBC's Marketplace, I'd settle for an actually clean hotel room.

Re:cmdrtaco's stuck-up head on a plate (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42478935)

on a plate of grits.

personal health electronics (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42478865)

I'd really like to visit the Basis booth and check out the Basis band (watch/health monitor). It looks like a solid product and I'd like to try one out before I buy. Their initial stock went so fast that if you blinked you missed the opportunity.

boobs (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42478879)


Re:boobs (0)

pixelpusher220 (529617) | about a year ago | (#42478983)

Well, what's it gonna be boy, tittes or boobs? I can't wait all night. What's it gonna be boy, titties or boobs?

Re:boobs (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42479213)

let me sleep on it.

Re:boobs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42479539)

Offtopic? note to mods, get out more.

The next app that FB is going to clone & knock (3, Interesting)

Supp0rtLinux (594509) | about a year ago | (#42478897)

Half the items shown at CES will be vaporware. Most of the rest will come to market too late to be of any value. The only thing worth seeing are the good ideas that some new or small company has come up with that Zuckerberg, Apple, or some other company can clone or otherwise knock-off and then present as their own (as FB likes to do) or as some new thing no one has ever thought of before (Apple I'm looking at you). I just hope it doesn't scroll or have rounded corners.

Re:The next app that FB is going to clone & kn (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42479713)

You Linux chest beaters really crack me up.
It wouldn't be as funny if your little pet OS wasn't a direct rip off.

what would I like to see? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42478903)


What would you like to see at CES? (4, Informative)

Experiment 626 (698257) | about a year ago | (#42478923)

Booth babes.

Re:What would you like to see at CES? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42479291)

Babes' boobs.

FTFY (?)

Re:What would you like to see at CES? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42479675)

Booth babes can also "dat ass", so, Babes' Boobs is a subset of benefits from Booth Babes.

Re:What would you like to see at CES? (2)

alexo (9335) | about a year ago | (#42480929)

Showcasing the latest advancements in silicon, no doubt.

intel wireless video integrated in lcds. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42478929)

So no set top box required if using a modern intel chip.

The future (2)

cfulton (543949) | about a year ago | (#42478969)

Flying cars and personal jet packs.

Re:The future (4, Funny)

clarkkent09 (1104833) | about a year ago | (#42480059)

No, that's a given. The submitter's question is actually "What would you like to see at CES, apart from flying cars and personal jet packs?" but he reasonably omitted the redundant second half of the sentence.

bigger and cheaper tvs & cheap wireless broadb (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42479021)

I would like to see bigger and cheaper TVs. I would like to move to a 70" TV this year.

As a dream I would like to see better wireless broadband for home use. DSL at 5Mbits/sec kinda sucks.

Best Chromebooks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42479027)

because they're hot.

A phone running Ubuntu Mobile (2)

Supp0rtLinux (594509) | about a year ago | (#42479073)

Nokia is in love with Microsoft. Apple has IOS. Motorola/Google has Android. BB10 is around the corner. There are a few other niche OS's out there. I honestly cannot see any carrier shipping an Ubuntu based phone.

Re:A phone running Ubuntu Mobile (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42479991)

Perhaps it will be the first cell-phone produced in Africa.

Re:A phone running Ubuntu Mobile (2)

bartoku (922448) | about a year ago | (#42483921)

We need carrier killing hardware and a carrier agnostic data radio tower setup.

The hardware would have an open boot loader ready to take on Android, Ubuntu, Jolla, and any other open sourced ROM available.
The hardware would include the five major HSPA+ bands (850, 900, AWS, 1900, 2100), and LTE bands (4, 17, 13, 7, 3, 25) to cover a majority of the spectrum used by carriers in the Americas, Europe, and the rest of the world.
The hardware would also support a USB dongle for additional carrier data support for carriers who do not provide SIM cards.

Beyond that the hardware will support a protocol for carrier agnostic mobile accounts.

Cell towers would run like WiFi access points, and the mobile device would handle the hand off between towers.
Each tower can even be run by an individual entity if desired, no national or regional carrier system would be needed.
Instead there would be entities that sell data credit to end users.

A mobile device would have an account with a data credit reseller.
The mobile device can scan for access in its area and connect to a tower based on how the user priorities (cost, speed, signal strength...)
The tower would then charge the data credit reseller for the user's usage.

This setup allows for each cell tower to compete for users in an area.
This would allow start-up wireless companies to compete immediately.
Once enough individual towers went up then it would compete with the big carriers and force them to change and join the carrier agnostic system further driving down the price for data for consumers.

Re:A phone running Ubuntu Mobile (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42484313)

Not to be mean, and I honestly love Ubuntu, but I would hate to be also reinstalling my phone from scratch every now and then... or updating it every day with a billion security updates :P.

What would I like to see at CES? (5, Funny)

kurt555gs (309278) | about a year ago | (#42479081)

Bill Gates, Steve Balmer, and that Elop character in a dollar per throw dunk tank filled with ice water.

Re:What would I like to see at CES? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42479785)

... in a container that was 3D printed by a brand new commercial 3D printer that is highly scalable!

Also the water was 3D printed too! They used a hose attached to a huge complex pulley system, tiny squirts of water formed a whole pool! AWE!

Re:What would I like to see at CES? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42488441)

Still mad at Gates? He isn't even at Microsoft anymore and is instead helping millions around the world with his charity. Kind of pathetic for Slashdotters to still hold a grudge at this point.

Re:What would I like to see at CES? (1)

kurt555gs (309278) | about a year ago | (#42490641)

I held a grudge against John Wayne Gacy for a long time too. Yes, it's appropriate.

high-resolution monitors (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42479141)

Wrong show probably but that's really the only thing I want. Cheap 4k+ monitors. Real 4k, not this fake-4k that they're spreading around.

Re:high-resolution monitors (1)

AK Marc (707885) | about a year ago | (#42480375)

I haven't seen any "fake" 4k. What's "fake" 4k? 1080p with integrated downscaling?

Re:high-resolution monitors (1)

Kjella (173770) | about a year ago | (#42482107)

There's been at least a few projectors and the Toshiba TV that doesn't actually have any way of accepting a 4K signal, but they'll upscale to 4K for the buzzword compliance. And there's still a lot of awkward solutions for pairing cables to make it work, or HDMI 1.4 solutions that'll only do 30 fps max. I think I might be a year early but I too hope for an affordable true 4K monitor, so far the only pre-announcement I've heard is Sharp with a $5500 32" model which is still way over the top and it needs to have a single cable solution like DisplayPort 1.2 - as I understand it AMD and nVidia's cards are ready, Intel will be ready with Haswell but it still seems up in the air if there'll be any screens in consumer price ranges.

Re:high-resolution monitors (1)

AK Marc (707885) | about a year ago | (#42485741)

I'm waiting for a cheap display. I have an Onkyo receiver that will accept any input and upscale it to 4k, if necessary (including pass-through of 4k native) and a PS3, which will put out stills in 4k now, though no motion at the moment, it's predicted. I've upscaled some pretty low-res DVD to 1080p and it actually looks pretty good, much better than plugging the DVD directly into the TV and lettng the TV upscale (blocky and jumpy).

I-10 Under the panhandle was closed earlier (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42479205)

Check your map, then show us some boobs

Re:I-10 Under the panhandle was closed earlier (1)

timothy (36799) | about a year ago | (#42482799)

I-10 finally re-opened, but I didn't get as far as I'd hoped today -- Ft. Stockton rather than El Paso.

Google will not prevent you from finding what you seek ;)

An angry lion (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42479219)

which is hungry

Flying Deloreans and Hoverboards (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42479331)

They should be coming to market in a couple years.

hdmi 2.0 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42479343)

HDMI 2.0, as the 1.4b spec doesn't do 4k properly yet, and my 4k tv is unhappy at 24fps over HDMI...

Re:hdmi 2.0 (1)

rjr162 (69736) | about a year ago | (#42479383)

What about displayport since it has higher bandwidth... do the 4K tvs have an input for it?

Nothing really (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | about a year ago | (#42479643)

Yes, occasionally a nifty new technology gets announced or demonstrated, but until it is (A) demonstrably useful, (B) available for purchase, and (C) within the price range of people it's useful for, it might as well not exist. The CES, like other similar events, is just a giant hype-fest who's sole purpose is to convince me to part with my cash to get something I don't actually need or even want.

And for everyone saying "booth babes", there are a lot of cheaper and more readily available ways for you to go look at pretty women.

The future (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42479777)

When COMDEX was in full swing I'd go to peruse the small tables on the perimeter of the floor. When you see several small guys offering the same thing there's a good chance it will be a big thing in a year or two. I remember one year, after seeing 4-5 card tables with signs saying "We want to be your ISP" I had to ask them what an ISP was. That was a look into the future.

A few years ago at CES in the Taiwan chip area several vendors were offering single chip GPS modules. That pretty accurately indicated that GPS would proliferate in a few years.

So I say forgo the big show booths, don't waste an hour for a free T shirt (calculate the REAL cost of that!), spend time poking the edges then figure out ways to incorporate those into your future plans.

entertainment (4, Funny)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about a year ago | (#42479803)

What would you like to see at CES?

Five hundred male feral hogs given ecstasy and let loose on the floor of the CES, after the representatives from Sony are covered in pheromones from a female feral pig.

[Don't look at me like that. You asked.]

Re:entertainment (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42482201)

I don't know if I'd want to see that, but maybe hear it?

Sandia Labs Heatsink (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42479861)

There was a new design for heatsink in 2012, from of all places Sandia Labs. I would love to see if anyone has taken that design and applied it to a PC HSF.

Im in the market for a new quiet and potent heatsink so this idea was quite interesting to me.

I'd like to see... (0)

ak_hepcat (468765) | about a year ago | (#42479921)

Felicia Day. She's going, at least per her twitter account.

But, sadly, I'm not, so i won't be able to meet and greet.

Lots of goodies! (2)

Vegan Pagan (251984) | about a year ago | (#42480235)

I'd like to see 3D printers all over the place: homes and offices for starters. Show some killer apps for them so they fly off the shelves. Convince all the convenience stores to replace their cobweb-gathering photo equipment with some sexy new 3D printers that are bigger and better than what people can get at home so customers can order top-quality printed objects in store.

The ever-improving capabilities of remote-controlled helicopters and planes are always interesting. Is a programmable, unmanned submarine now possible?

OLED TVs and monitors should sell based on speed and contrast. If Peter Jackson and James Cameron get their way and make high frame rate movies the norm, TVs will sell more and more based on their ability to show native HFR material well.

Re:Lots of goodies! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42486829)

I'd want those OLED monotors to use two slightly different versions each of R, G and B, so that they work with Dolby 3D [wikipedia.org] . The same for DLP projectors with LED "lamps".

A public caning for the father of Pulseadio. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42480325)


sexy-hot badass top heavy trade show booth babes! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42480389)

wtf is wrong with you nerds?

Personal genome sequencing machines (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42480605)

I would love to see pics of both Felicia Day, any Dr Who cast, and personal genome sequencing or 3D printing machines.

Me! (1)

grahamsz (150076) | about a year ago | (#42480665)

I'm not sure why that's been missed! Don't you guys want to see me there?

Actually last CES I went to was such a zoo that I think we mostly hung out and gambled with my boss' money.

I think most thread comrades missed the point... (1)

Em Adespoton (792954) | about a year ago | (#42480937)

I have to admit, I haven't looked at the list yet, but just for clarification: you want us to make suggestions FROM THE LIST on what we want to see covered on slashdot regarding the show, right? So that you can prioritize what booths you visit and what pics you snap and give us what we want?

Re:I think most thread comrades missed the point.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42484383)

If this is about generating Slashdot stories might I suggest focusing on tech that many users will not have encountered and likely find interesting (you know, "news for nerds, stuff that matters" and all). If Slashdot are just going to return with a shameless plug for the latest iPad and yet another Bitcoin story I don't see the point in sending someone at all.

A fat check (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42481067)

Id like to pick up a fat check from the organizers for me to come.

Oh, and tits.. Lots of tits...

The future (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42481221)

Elon Musk doing a keynote about the future of technology.

Galaxy Note 7 (1)

firewrought (36952) | about a year ago | (#42481439)

Because a 7-8" android with stylus would be pretty convenient.

And preferably it would have a retina display, full-size sd card port, and unlocked bootloader.

But I'm not holding my breath.

tubes. (1)

swschrad (312009) | about a year ago | (#42481463)

lots and lots and lots of booths filled with gizmos that would otherwise be pocket litter built with tube after tube after tube.

it would force a lot of "no step 3" business plans to reconsider.

Don't see them listed, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42482737)

...Oculus is supposedly going to be there demo'ing their Rift. Would be nice to have feedback on whatever the newest iteration is of their devkit.

Good Personal Display (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about a year ago | (#42482833)

The only bit of gear I really want but can't buy is a personal display (glasses/goggles/visor/microvision, I don't really care) that will give me a modern resolution (HD at least) and a refresh rate that's at least as good as VNC on localhost.

My phone has a mini-HDMI connector and bluetooth keyboards are fine - I don't even need wireless, but would like to leave the laptop home if I'm just doing occasional computing.

The technology is all here, so I'm hoping somebody introduce one at this year's CES.

Boobs! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42483099)

Preferably from women, but hey, beggars aren't choosers...

A 13" laptop with GPU and high-res IPS LCD (1)

Pausanias (681077) | about a year ago | (#42484265)

No one is making a 13" powerhouse all in one laptop. The closest thing was the 2010 VAIO Z, which weighs 3.5 lbs.

The ones currently available have one of the following deal-breakers: lousy 1366x768 resolution, do not have discrete GPU, or have a lousy screen.

The demand for such laptops, if priced at $2500-$3000, would be high enough to make them profitable.

on the flip side, how about some resolution? (1)

Chirs (87576) | about a year ago | (#42484733)

You used to be able to get 1920x1200 on a laptop. That doesn't exist anymore as far as I can tell. The only option is the Retina Mac and there you don't get access to all the pixels.

Why can't I get a laptop with the screen of a Nexus 10?

High res affordable good monitor (1)

Chirs (87576) | about a year ago | (#42484717)

First, for anything over 1920x1200 you pretty much need to go to 27" or higher. Then, pretty much all of the affordable 27" high res monitors have problems...IPS bleed, uneven backlight, too strong anti-glare coating, too many bad pixels, wrong connectivity, bad colour accuracy, crappy contrast, image retention, cross-hatch weirdness, etc.

You need to spend close to a thousand bucks to get anything really nice or else get a Dell 2711 and risk it all by removing the anti-glare coating.

a ready-to-buy large e-ink reader (1)

ThorGod (456163) | about a year ago | (#42485585)

Doesn't have to be color, but it must be at least able to load up a 8.5" x 11" PDF with no trouble.

Holodeck (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42486367)

Thats all I need.

Tablets with MicroSDXC (1)

rossdee (243626) | about a year ago | (#42486401)

Tablets and MP3 players with microSDXC slot, so I can use 64GB and bigger cards

They should also support USB3.0
And how about Tablets without a built in camera and microphone so you could take it where such inbuilt recording devices and cellphones aren't allowed.

Full Colour well saturated eInk displays (1)

Jerom (96338) | about a year ago | (#42486703)

So i can finally transfer all my comics to my kindle or some other device...

Or if that's not possible a good black and white A4 size eReader.

Personal Medical Devices (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42486815)

A Personal DNA sequencer,
A Personal MRI scanner,

I want... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42487213)

My family would like to see fewer scantily clad product models and more women reviewing the products. I would think anyone with a daughter would want that.

Me (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490809)

What would I like to see at CES?

Me on an all expenses paid junket, natch.

Nexus TV (1)

Orcris (2652275) | about a year ago | (#42490813)

So far, there wasn't been any Google TV that would be the equivalent of a Nexus. I want a TV that runs stock Google TV software and is guaranteed to get updates. I'd also like to see Google TV merged with Android, but that probably wouldn't be announced at CES.

Wrist screen used as slave display for smartphone (1)

Joosy (787747) | about a year ago | (#42503361)

I hate having to dig my phone out of my pocket just to:

- check the time
- see if I have any messages
- pause music, skip to next song, etc

So what I'd like is a rectangular screen (NOT a square or circular screen) on my wrist, worn like a watch. This would allow me to:

- check the time
- see if I have any messages
- pause music, skip to next song, etc

It would have some simple capabilities, such as showing text messages and at least the beginning of emails. But it would basically be a slave display for my smartphone, connected via Bluetooth. It would NOT have a cellular connection nor have WiFi capabilities.

I could imagine "screensavers" (or, I guess, wallpapers) being a big deal on these things, too ...

... and with simple SMS responses (1)

Joosy (787747) | about a year ago | (#42503377)

While I'm at it, it could be cool if there were a simple standard for SMS messages that would allow pre-canned replies, kind of similar to how dialog boxes can be defined in programming.

Sender types:"Are you coming? y/n/m"

Recipient sees: Sees "Are you coming?" along with three touchable buttons, "Yes", "No", "Maybe"

This would be be easy to use on the wrist screen form factor, since no typing would be required.

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